Letter from the Producer Live #32 is a wrap from Tokyo Game Show, and we’ve got a summary of all the juicy details below. Director/producer Naoki Yoshida and global online producer Toshio Murouchi took the stage to show off the new trailer for Patch 3.4 Soul Surrender and detail some of its contents. Patch 3.4 will arrive on September 27th.
- The Containment Bay P1T6 (Sophia)
The Warring Triad saga continues with an encounter against Sophia, The Goddess. During the live letter, Yoshida took a spin around The Containment Bay P1T6 arena to show us a small portion of what to expect. The walls around the arena are breakable, and it’s quite a long fall — however, you can be raised. The team compared Sephirot to a game of jumprope but said that Sophia will be more of a mind game. Some will perhaps find it easier than the Final Steps of Faith.
- PvP – Duels
A new area has been added to the Wolves’ Den Pier where you’ll be able to participate in Duels. Once you step across the battle line, you will be able to request or accept challenges to duel via the subcommand menu. The Duel menu will show your adversary’s item level and job, and the ability to confirm your participation. If you lose, it’s easy to get back up. Currently there’s no item level sync feature, but if players request it, the team will consider adding it in.
- PvP – Spectator Mode
You’ll be able to spectate custom matches in a new Spectator Mode for the Wolves’ Den. The team showed off the new UI, where you’ll be able to see the vital stats of each player on each team, including the Adrenaline gauge. To begin spectating, you must be invited to a third party. Party A and B will fight, while Party C are designated spectators. You’ll have the ability to freely manipulate the camera, choose from eight fixed cameras around the battlefield, or one that hovers around a selected combatant.
Apartment complexes have been added to Gridania, Ul’dah, and Limsa Lominsa regions. This is a type of housing that does not require participation in a Free Company. In order to acquire an apartment, you’ll need to reach level 50 and fork over 500,000 gil. Each complex can hold up to 90 tenants, and can be raised by the team — who assures us not to worry about availability. You’ll be able to congregate in the lobby, and tend to your chocobo at a stable outside. (You’ll also be able to care for other players’ chocobos too.)
Aquariums are a new customizable furnishing that you can place in an estate or apartment. One aquarium will be allowed, and they come in several different sizes. You’ll have to decide if it’s a salt water or fresh water aquarium as that will dictate what kinds of fish you’ll be able to place inside. Large aquariums can hold up to four different kinds of fish. The team explained that the reason they are unable to allow more than one aquarium per property is due to the transparent shaders used to render the water, causing problems when the furniture is being moved around.
Squadrons is a new type of content that involves recruiting NPCs by completing objectives in the challenge log. You can train them and send them out on special missions in order to receive rewards. In the future, the team is planning on the ability to take them into dungeons with you.
- Wondrous Tails
Wondrous Tails will have you completing certain objectives for Khloe in Idyllshire, such as clearing existing duties. You’ll have a special user interface for this as well. Using the book, you’ll want to choose duties to complete a row of objectives. You’ll be able to earn Second Chance points to either “Retry” certain duties, resetting your completion status for the possibility of gaining additional tomestones, and Shuffle objectives in an attempt to avoid duties you don’t think you can or want to complete.
• Advanced sales of the Odin statue will be available at each region’s Fan Festival.
• Duality Final Fantasy XIV Arrangement Album will go on sale in Japan on Dec 7th.
• Encyclopædia Eorzea, a Final Fantasy XIV lore book, will go on sale in Japan on Dec 27th, includes Namingway minion.
• A new tier of Veteran Reward gifts will include a Squall Leonhart outfit.
• A Real Escape Game and Final Fantasy XIV collaboration is in the works for Japan where you escape from the Binding Coil of Bahamut.
• A Japanese Final Fantasy XIV novel is being developed — written by Yuu Fujiwara and illustrated by Noizi Ito.
• Final Fantasy XIV-themed minion figurines will be available at various amusement centers in Japan.
As always you can hit up the full digest over on the official Final Fantasy XIV forums.